Tradition as Innovation: How to achieve sustainable pastoralism and protect rangelands for future generations.

12 March: 0830 -0945 (breakfast event)

The rising global demand for livestock products (meat, milk, fat, fiber, hides), the continuing degradation of rangeland ecosystems in drylands, and the increasing environmental degradation and inequality caused by industrial livestock production, underlines the urgency for achieving an innovative transformation in production and consumption in the livestock sector.  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the importance of supporting smallholder pastoral systems while also increasing productivity and simultaneously protecting biological diversity, managing waste, and reducing greenhouse gases.   Pastoralists and natural rangelands continue to be undervalued in comparison to industrial livestock or other forest and agricultural pursuits, despite a growing list of home-grown and successful innovations. UNEA-4 provides a timely opportunity for Ministers of Environment and other stakeholders to discuss the direction that this debate should take.

The side event will call upon countries to strengthen the enabling conditions for sustainable pastoralism as an important contributor to the implementation of several SDGs.

Organizers and Partners:  International Support Group for the call for an International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists.

Organizer contact(s): Fiona Flintan;

UN Environment Technical Expert: